Where’s the best place to find great deals in November?
It’s Lake Tahoe, where summer and fall colors have passed, but ski season has not yet arrived.
Last Veterans Day weekend, a friend and I set out for Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. In order to get out of Merced on Friday night and save some of Saturday’s limited daylight hours, I searched for affordable places to stay in Reno. Surprisingly, I found there were nice rooms at Lake Tahoe that were just as affordable.
We arrived in South Lake about 10 p.m. with snow falling lightly and left fairly early the next morning. The Tahoe region had a fresh layer of snow on it as we headed northeast on Interstate 50. The only thing that surprised me more than the comfortable $50 room just a few blocks from the lake was that everything was absolutely beautiful and there was hardly anyone else there to enjoy it!
This year I returned on the same weekend, expecting a similar experience. Although the nights were cool, the days were surprisingly warm. There were only a few traces of snow in the shadiest areas, but the best trails seemed almost abandoned. November is Tahoe’s offseason, but it’s a great time to enjoy the lake between the summer and winter crowds.
Currently, only Boreal is open for skiing and snowboarding. Ice skating at Squaw Valley’s Olympic Ice Pavilion is scheduled to begin on Nov. 27. Although the forest service and state parks already have closed many parking and recreation areas, there’s still a lot to do. Our favorite stops on this year’s November trip were:Emerald Bay Lunch Cruise: http://www.tahoebleuwave.com/ Stateline Lookout: Upper Eagle Falls and Eagle Lake: